Monday, May 14, 2012

Lessons from My Mom

  Treat others how you want to be treated 


 Always wear clean underwear . . . if you got into a car accident or had an emergency and had to go to the hospital, you wouldn't want to be caught with dirty drawers on.


Kill them with kindness






 When you don't know what to do . . . do nothing


In the summertime if it gets too hot, it's okay to eat a banana split for dinner


  Deal with everything one day at a time


 Pray


 You can tell how kind a person is by how they treat animals.



 Don't walk too close to vans in parking lots or parking garages


 Pick an ugly guy to date - then you don't have to worry about them cheating on you
(I didn't listen . . . Jason isn't ugly . . . but he's not a cheater either!)


 Learn how to walk in high heels


 Don't wear too much make up


Moisturize your face and wear sunscreen


You can do anything you set your mind to


 "I will always love you . . . no matter what you do.  Even the most horrific thing you could do would never make me stop loving  you."


 Trust your gut and go with it


Visit your local health food store


 Support your local farmers





 Believe in miracles



 Don't be afraid of what other's think of you -- even when  you're searching for the Loch Ness Monster


 "Strung out, higher than a kite, stick it in your ear and turn it to the right"


 Leave a note if you're going somewhere to let those who love you know where you are


Don't depend on a man


 Always do your best



 Grow a garden and eat fresh food



 Enjoy nature


 Don't judge others who are different from you


 Support women



 Try new foods


 Send letters


 Drink tea


Create


 Accept people for who they are


 Stay up late


 Sleep in



 Be spontaneous



Go to church




 You cannot spoil a baby


 Recognize fresh mint - pick it, eat it, cook with it


 Don't go to bed mad


 FORGIVE


 Read


 Know how to apply make up so you don't look like a hooker


Take family vacations


 If you've got it, flaunt it (but don't look like a hooker)


Have Confidence in Yourself


 Laugh a lot


 DREAM  BIG



 It doesn't matter how much  your children have, what matters is how much time you spend with them



 Don't miss your child's athletic events or school functions

 Love your relatives . . . even the whacky ones


 No one's life is perfect - even if they present it to you that way


 Be thankful


 Dress up for Halloween, even as an adult.






Eat dinner as a family


Enjoy winter


You can take the day off on your birthday



 Babies are gifts from God - even if the timing wasn't "right." (Thanks Mom)






 Advocate for your children


Call and let your mother know you made it in safely (even when you're in your 30s)





When you're sick, drink clear fluids - lots of 'em
(and might I add that my mom gave me a BELL to ring when I was sick and she'd come and find out what I needed?!)


 If your gut tells you not to trust someone around your children - don't


 Women are just as competent as men - even if society tells you differently


 Have manners at the dinner table


 Fly a kite on windy days


 Learn how to whistle (I still can't do it with my fingers the loud way . . . )


 Play in the rain


 Rent movies, pop popcorn and have a movie night





Prepare more food than you think  you need so no one feels like they can't have seconds


 Believe in children



 Knit - for yourself and others



 Take a class to learn something new (remember pottery?)



 Hunt for sea glass at the beach


Feed the birds


 Call ANYTIME - even in the middle of the night


  If a man really loves you, he will want to spend time with you


 Cheer loudly for your team -- even if your "team" is you child's and the cheering might embarrass them.


Pick berries, pick apples, pick pumpkins (but don't pick your nose . . . at least not in public)







Take lots of pictures


Always kiss goodnight



Thank you for having such a positive impact on my life Mom.  I love you!



Happy Mother's Day!


3 comments:

  1. You forgot, Be nice to your sister. :)

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  2. Love this post and all the life lessons. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Stephenie,
    I've heard many of these from my Mom and Grammy. Great post and sweet tribute to the beautiful and wise woman that you call Mom. I hope you both had a wonderful Mothers Day!
    Your Friend,
    Deborah
    FairfieldHouseNJ.com

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